What is Youth Ministry?
“Youth ministry is the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community.” (from Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry 1997 by the USCCB.)
What are the goals of Catholic Youth Ministry?
Three interdependent and equally important goals have been identified that are to guide a Catholic ministry for young people.
- EMPOWERMENT - To help young people live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
- PARTICIPATION - To invite youth to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community
- GROWTH - To encourage the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
How can Parish Youth Ministry achieve these goals?
- By calling the church to see youth as gifted and growing members of the community, and asking the church to actively respond to the needs of youth.
- By calling young people to grow as Catholic people of faith: to voice their needs, to share their gifts and talents as disciples in the world, to participate in the life of the parish and the mission of the church – to live with a purpose!
- By offering a variety of programs, opportunities and activities for youth such as community building, recreational and social, prayer and worship, faith formation, leadership development, service learning, outreach, and mentoring.
- By providing programs for families, and supporting parents, youth and families in their daily living.
- By creating ways for youth to become involved in the various ministries of the Church, and helping parish organizations to invite and involve youth in their programs.
- By encouraging and strengthening youth in living out their faith beyond the parish by supporting youth in the wider community, and by supporting youth-serving organizations in the community.
Borrowed From: http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/faith-training-and-formation/home/16803